What is new in ASP.NET 3.5?
Native ASP.NET AJAX support – AJAX support is now native to the .NET framework starting with version 3.5.
New ListView and DataPager Controls – The new ListView control gives you unprecedented flexibility in how you display your data, by allowing you to have complete control over the HTML markup generated. ListView‘s template approach to representing data is designed to easily work with CSS styles, which comes in handy with the new Visual Studio 2008 designer view.
LINQ – LINQ is a new Language integrated feature that allows you to perform SQL queries in a more flexible and less error prone way also this allows you to filter, order and group data that can then be bound to any of the data visualization controls like the ListView and GridView.
WCF Improvements – Using the WCF you can now build Web services that can be exposed using any number of the Internet standard protocols, such as SOAP, RSS, JSON, POX and more.
Does this affect my ASP.NET 2.0 or 1.1 site?
No, the ASP.NET 3.5 framework builds on the 2.0 library by adding additional functionality, there are no breaking changes and it should not effect your 2.0 code at all. There is no affect on ASP.NET 1.1
How do I switch my site to using the 3.5 Framework?
The ASP.NET 3.5 framework builds on or adds to the functionality of ASP.NET 2.0. If you site is set to use ASP.NET 2.0 and the 3.5 framework is installed, you should have access to the features within ASP.NET 3.5.
How do I install ASP.NET 3.5?
If you are a shared hosting customer it is installed on all of our servers by default. If you are a shared or dedicated customer you can download the ASP.NET 3.5 framework at this URL, https://www.asp.net/downloads/essential/. If you prefer our technicians to install it for you, we would be happy to do so, simply submit a ticket at https://unity.serverintellect.com and one of our technicians will log into your server and install ASP.NET 3.5 for you.
Is SilverLight supported?
Yes, we are fully supporting SilverLight you can view this page for more information: https://www.serverintellect.com/support/techfaq/sales-silverlight
How do I start using ASP.NET 3.5?
To use the features in ASP.NET 3.5 you will need to use Visual Studio 2008. The full version of Visual Studio 2008 has not yet been released, however the Express edition is available here https://www.asp.net/downloads/essential/.